Frosty the Crocheted Snowman

Always experimenting with my crochet hook, I decided to make myself a snowman. I didn’t follow a pattern—just winged it. I didn’t write down specifics, but I’ll describe the basics below.

First, using a 6 mm hook, white worsted weight yarn, and the single crochet stitch, I crocheted two “snowballs” for the body. Then I switched to a 5 mm hook to make a slightly smaller snowball for the head. 

To make a standard ball shape, you’re crocheting in rounds: chain 4 and slip stitch closed to make a ring; 8 sc in ring; increase the first 3 rounds; do a few rounds with just one sc in each sc; decrease the last few rounds, stuffing with fiberfill before completely closed, then fasten off and leave a tail for sewing the three balls together.

Next, I made a hat using black yarn and the 5 mm hook, again crocheting in the rounds: just a few rounds of sc for the top of the hat, and increases to make the brim. 

For the “carrot” nose, I used orange yarn and basically a few sc stitches over and over again to make a long shape, decreasing to a point near the end.

For the scarf, I made a rectangle shape with some red yarn, and added a bit of fringe at either end.

Last, I sewed the hat and carrot to the head, the scarf to the body, and used 2 black seed beads for the eyes and a snowflake button to decorate the scarf. Later, I decided to stick a couple of tiny tree branch arms on either side of the body.

If you’d like to make your own snowman and my instructions are too loose, you’ll find tons of different crocheted snowman patterns to try at this All Free Crochet link:

And while I’m on the topic of Frosty the Snowman, here are the lyrics in case you want to exercise your lungs!

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children know
How he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in
That old top hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.

O, Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me.

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in
That Old top hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.

Frosty the snowman
Knew the sun was hot that day,
So he said, “Let’s run
And we’ll have some fun
Now before I melt away.”

Frosty the snowman
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
“Don’t you cry,
I’ll be back again some day.”


Happy Easter!


I made an Easter egg tree with a crocheted egg pattern and branches from the garden.

Here’s how:

Picked up a glass vase from the dollar store and thought I’d glam it up with some stripes. All you need is some masking tape and spray paint. I used the masking tape to make stripes, then spray painted over it. Once dry, I peeled off the masking tape and was left with a really cute vase.Spray painted some branches the same colour as the vase.

Filled the vase with some Arborio rice that had been sitting at the back of my cupboard for the past two years, then set the branches in it.
Used Bernat Handicrafter yarn in different colours to crochet some easter eggs. Here’s a great free pattern at the wonderful Petals To Picots blog:
I altered the egg pattern a bit to make two spring chicks (see photos), just for fun. I pasted google eyes on them and cut beaks from some orange felt.
I attached thin ribbon to all the eggs and chicks, then tied them onto the branches. And there you have it. An Easter egg tree to brighten up the holiday weekend!

Otis is very curious!


L’il grab-n-go crocheted envelope purses

bag_brown & cream envelope & otis

Otis loves the colours I used for this purse! 🙂

These little bags are ideal for those times when you need to run an errand and just want to grab your debit card or cash, car keys and phone, without having to lug your entire purse along.
pursesSo simple to make, you just (1) crochet a granny square, (2) fold the corners to make an “envelope” shape, and (3) stitch up the seams. To finish, you just crochet your desired length of shoulder or around-the-neck strap, and then attach a button on the front for fastening.
bag_brown & cream envelope3Depending on the tightness of your stitches, you may want to line the square, in which case you will simply cut a fabric square in a complimentary colour, the same size as the granny square, and sew it onto the wrong side before you do your folding and seaming.
bag_envelope taupe & cream2Use a small crochet hook to make a tiny purse, or increase your hook size to increase the size of your square. No matter the size, it’s a make-it-in-an-evening kind of project.
bag_navy envelope2There are countless designs online for crochet square patterns, so the endless choices mean that you can have a lot of fun making these purses in just about every colour imaginable. I just used a basic granny square to make most of the bags here.
bag_rainbow envelope2My mom and I are both major Toronto Blue Jays baseball fans, so I just had to make a Blue Jays bag using their signature colours for my mom to carry to games down at the Rogers Center. For the logo embellishment, I traced the Jays logo onto a piece of white fabric, coloured it in using Sharpie markers, and then stitched it onto the bag. I was so pleased with the results that I plan to make another one for myself. I’m sure that no matter what team you’re cheering for, you can use their team colours to make a cute bag for yourself.
bag_blue jays2If you want to use the same design that I used to crochet my Blue Jays bag, you’ll find the pattern called Half-n-Half 12” Square, by Melinda Miller at this Ravelry link:—12-square (Thanks for sharing, Melinda!) It’s a really flexible pattern—she’s used it to make a variety of different-looking squares just by changing up the colour sequences.
bag_blue jays1

How to crochet a cute rolled-brim summer hat with inexpensive jute string

hat_jute brimmed1I wanted to try my hand at crocheting a unique “straw” hat, so I picked up a couple rolls of jute string from the hardware store. There are different kinds—some are stiffer than others, so I recommend that you choose the most pliable type you can find. I found working with such a coarse fiber a little rough on the fingers at times, so it’s not the type of project you want to attempt to finish in one sitting.

I created a hat band and added embellishments using jute ribbon, buttons and beads that I found at the dollar store. As you’ll see in the photos, part of the embellishment includes a pair of miniature crocheted doilies that I had stashed away in my craft cupboard, not knowing what to hat_jute brimmed2do with them. Feel free to experiment with your embellishments—you could also use some velvet ribbon and fabric flowers. I also picked up a cheap dollar store straw hat in a similar colour, and sewed it inside the finished jute hat to create a more comfortable barrier between my head and the roughness of the string.

At first, the string carried a strong, fuel-like smell, and I wondered if wearing that hat was going to give me a headache! But fortunately, the odour has pretty much disappeared over the past couple of weeks.

Once the hat was completed, I was really pleased with the results. Yes, I could have gone out and bought myself any one of the gazillion summer hats currently in malls all over the city, but it wouldn’t be my very own, one-of-a-kind jute hat, designed by moi!

hat_jute brimmed3Rolled-Brim Summer Jute Hat
Fits an average adult head.

2 rolls of jute string (I used one full roll plus a quarter of a roll for this project)
5.5 mm hook
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Sewing needle and jute-coloured thread for sewing on embellishments

Hat instructions:

Chain (ch) 8. Turn.

Round 1: Ch 3 and dc in same space (sp); 2 double crochet (dc) in each stitch (st) around; slip stitch (sl st) in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 2: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; 2 dc in each st around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 3: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; 1 dc in next st; *2 dc in next st; 1 dc in next st;
repeat from * around, ending with 1 dc; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 4: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; 1 dc in each st around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 5: Ch 1 and single crochet (sc) in same sp; 1 sc in each st around; sl st in top of ch-1 to close. Turn.

Round 6-8: Repeat Round 4.

Round 9: Ch 1; 1 sc in back loop only (BLO) of each st around; sl st in top of ch-1 to close. Turn.

Round 10: Ch 3; *dc in each of next 4 sts; 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 11-12: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; *1 dc in each of next 6 sts; 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Fasten off and weave in ends.

hat_jute brimmed4I sewed 1-1/2” wide jute ribbon around the hat to make a band, then I used the same jute ribbon to form a couple of big flowers, and sewed them on too. Then I embellished the flowers with the miniature doilies as well as some shell buttons and glass beads.

Then, I trimmed the brim on the dollar store hat so it would fit neatly inside my jute hat as a barrier, and I used my needle and thread to sew it securely in there.


I’m jingling all the way with my new candy cane tablet clutch

hat_santa on bearNothing says Christmas Spirit like: ugly Christmas sweaters, garish decorations crammed from one corner of the house to the other, double-fisted cookie chomping, and … Christmas crochet!

A couple of years ago, I crocheted a very festive Santa hat (being worn today by Teddy).

crocheted elvesLast year, I crocheted a row of little Christmas elves for my fireplace mantel.

wearing his new xmas tree hat4Of course, this year, Otis was the unwilling target of my crochet hook, with a lovely crocheted Christmas tree hat (see post below). And for myself, I crocheted a cute Candy Cane Clutch for my tablet—t’was quick and easy to make. You’ll find the pattern below, in case you’d like to whip one up for yourself.

Cane Clutchbag_clutch jingle bells3

Materials: worsted weight yarn, one ball in red, one ball in white;
5 mm crochet hook.

Starting with red, chain (ch) 41 (39 + 2).

Row 1: Work 2 single crochet (sc) in second ch from hook; *sc in each of next 5 spaces (sps); skip (sk) 2 sps; sc in next 5 sps; sc in next 3 sps; repeat from * across to last sp; 2 sc in last sp; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1; 2 sc in first sc; *sc in each of next 5 sc; sk 2 sc;
sc in each of next 5 sc; sc in each of next 3 sc;
repeat from * across to last sc; 2 sc in last sc; turn.

Repeat Row 2 once more, then fasten off and switch to white.

bag_clutch jingle bells2Continue pattern by repeating Row 2, switching colours after every 3 rows with red, after every 2 rows with white. Crochet to desired length (I made mine long enough to fit my tablet.)

Crochet a border of red sc around the entire piece to finish the edges, then fold piece and whipstitch either side to seam, leaving enough of the top to fold over for closing. (See photos.)

Crochet a little loop on each of the three closing points, then sew jingle bells instead of buttons for the loops to fasten ovebag_clutch jingle bells1r.

Voila! This season, you’ll go everywhere with bells on! 🙂

Crocheted Jingle Bells Tablet Clutch

Yes, I know that summer’s barely over and here I am talking about jingle bells! But I felt like working on something quick and easy and I thought I’d make something fun to use during the here-before-you-know-it Christmas season.

bag_clutch jingle bells1I just used a basic ripple pattern, alternating red and white yarn. Instead of using buttons, I sewed on little jingle bells and made crocheted loops to fasten over them.

Très festive, oui?

Here’s the pattern I used, along with a 5.5 mm hook, one ball each of red worsted weight and white worsted weight yarns.

Using red yarn, chain 28 (or whatever the width of your tablet)

Row 1: 2 single crochet (sc) in second chain from hook; *sc in each of the next 7 chains (ch); skip 1 ch; sc in each of the next 7 ch; 3 sc in next ch; repeat from * across to the end. In the last ch, work 2 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1; 2 sc in first st; *sc in each of next 7 sts; skip 2 sc; sc in each of next 7 sts; 3 sc in next st; repeat from * across to the end. In the last st, work 2 sc.

Repeat Row 2, changing colours after every 3 rows.

bag_clutch jingle bells2Once you have a block that’s large enough to fold and contain your tablet, sc right around all edges to finish it neatly. Then fold it into a clutch shape, and on wrong side, stitch together side seams. Sew 3 little jingle bells in place as shown in photo, then use sc to make 3 loops (see photo for placement) for fastening over bells.

I’m never certain that my instructions are clear enough, so as back up, here’s a great free pattern for a crochet clutch in the same ripple pattern at a wonderful crochet site called Fiber Flux; here’s the link:

Crochet yourself the best sun hat ever!

In my quest to put off looking like an apple doll for as long as is possible, I always wear a brimmed hat (along with sunblock) when I’m out in the sun.

hat_floppy brim cream & brown1bA couple of years ago, I made my first attempt at crocheting a brimmed hat and it turned out to be the best hat I’ve ever owned—better than any hat I’ve ever purchased! I’m about to wear it for my third summer and it doesn’t look any worse for wear. It does a fantastic job of keeping the sun off my face.

To find the pattern (free!), I first visited my favourite site which led me to this printable PDF pattern:

hat_floppy brim cream & brown1aThe instructions were very easy to follow, even for a beginner. I used a worsted-weight cream yarn and edged it with a brown worsted. I also crocheted a few matching flowers just to fancy it up a bit.

Once the hat was completed, the brim was floppy, so here’s how I stiffened it: I purchased a plain straw hat with a brim a bit narrower than my crocheted hat for just a buck at my local dollar store. Then I fit it into my crocheted hat and hand-stitched them together. The straw hat not only adds the stiff support that the crocheted hat needs, it also doubles up on helping to block the UV rays that I want to keep away from my skin.

hat_floppy brim cream & brown1cI thought that this cream colour would be difficult to keep clean, but it wears extremely well and still looks as new as the day I made it. I wear it out on my boat every weekend in the summer, as well as out and about in the yard and I take it with me on vacations down south, so it gets a lot of wear!

Try making one. I guarantee you’ll be impressed.

Another crocheted shawl, y’all!

shawl_peacock1I’m on a roll these days making shawls, just because I enjoy the challenge of watching them evolve. I have to say that so far, this one is my favourite.

I bought the yarn down in Florida at Hobby Lobby and I wish I’d kept the label so I could tell you the name of it. It was one large ball—I’m guessing around 400 yards—and once I’d finished making the shawl and the fringe, there was literally nothing left but a two-inch long piece of yarn. So it was the perfect amount for this pattern.

shawl_peacock2It’s a simple mesh design and the variegated colours remind me of peacock feathers, thus the name of my shawl. I’m finding shawls to be a nice alternative to wearing cardigans; just throw one over your shoulders when it gets cool. And you can drape them in different ways that really look fashionable.

Without further adieu, here’s the pattern:

Peacock Triangular Shawl

Approx. 400 yards of a chenille-type variegated yarn, 5.5 mm hook

Chain 5; slip stitch to first chain to make a ring.

R1: Chain 4 (counts as beginning chain-3 plus chain-1);
1 dc in ring; (ch 1, dc) two more times; turn.

R2: Ch 4; dc in same stitch; (ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in next dc) across to last dc; ch 1; (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in top of beginning ch-3; turn.

R3 & remaining rows: Repeat R2. Continue repeating R2 until
desired width. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make desired length of fringe along edges (here’s a link to an easy step-by-step on how to make fringe: I cut a 16” length of yarn and folded it for an 8” fringe.


Crocheted hat square motifs made into a sweater!

I’ve been a crochet-a-holic for a little over four years and now that I’m in the groove, I like to switch things up a bit. Last year I discovered a hat pattern on the Lion Brand site that incorporates the prettiest square motifs, so I made this hat.hat & scarf_grey beige copy

The motif was so much fun to make that I decided I wanted to do more with it. The image of a sweater popped into my mind, so I chose a larger hook and set about making a bunch of squares that I could lay out into some semblance of a basic sweater. Below, you’ll see the results as well as some step-by-step info in case you want to try making your own version.
Donna’s Hat Motif Sweater
Here’s the link to the original Squares Hat pattern at the Red Heart website, but I’ve also repeated the square pattern below for your convenience:



✗ Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn, 2 balls of 860-400 Oatmeal and 5 balls of 860-403 Barley

✗ P/10.00 mm crochet hook; yarn needle

✗ Each square measures approx. 7 inches x 7 inches

✗ Make 28 squares in total: 9 squares for sweater front, 9 for sweater back, 1 for each shoulder, 4 for each sleeve.

✗Sweater is about a medium size fit. (To enlarge, use rows of four squares for the body instead of rows of three, and use rows of three squares for the sleeves instead of rows of two.)


Using Oatmeal: Ch 8; join with a sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 16 sc in ring; join with a sl st in first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 4, [dc in next sc, ch 1] 15 times; join with a sl st in 3rd ch of ch-4. Fasten off and attach Barley yarn.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, * 2 sc in next sp, ch 3, skip next dc, 2 sc in next sp **, sc in next dc; rep from * around, end at **; join in first sc.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, * 9 dc in next ch-3 sp, skip next 2 sc, sl st in next sc, (4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) all in next ch-3 sp, skip next 2 sc **, sl st in next sc; rep from * around, end at **; join in first ch-1.

Rnd 5: Sl st in first 4 dc, [sl st in 5th dc of 9-dc group, ch 5, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-3 sp, ch 5, skip next 9 sts] 4 times, join in 5th sl st. Fasten off.

Once you have made 28 squares, follow the construction layout as shown in photos below.

(1) Working with 18 squares, use a yarn needle to fasten the squares side-by-side into rows of three (see red box). (Make sure you are working on the wrong side of the sweater during construction. Note: To fasten squares I used a plain sewing stitch and just did my best to match up and stitch the chains together.)

(2) A block of nine squares make up the front (see purple box below) and another block of nine makes up the back. So sew together each row of three, one row at a time until you’ve made a block of nine. This is your front. Repeat the same process with your other three rows of three to make another block of nine, which is your back.

(3) You will use your two shoulder squares to attach the front block to the back block (see green boxes below). Still working on the wrong side, sew a shoulder square to either side of the top row of your front block. Then fasten the other end of each shoulder square to the back block. The middle opening is your neckline.sweater sample1

(4) As you can see in the photo below, I finished the neckline with one row of single crochet in oatmeal, then because I found it to be a little bit too wide for me, I gathered it slightly by weaving a length of oatmeal yarn around the stitches and then pulling it and tying a small bow.neckline

(5) Now, it’s time to work on the sleeves. Each sleeve is comprised of a block of four squares fastened together into two rows of two. So using your batch of eight squares, stitch together two squares at a time so you end up with a stack of four rows of two.

(6) Then take two of your rows of two and fasten them together into a block of four squares. This is your first sleeve. Repeat again using your other stack of two rows to make your second sleeve.

(7) The photo below left shows where you will attach the first sleeve (again, always working on the wrong side of the project). Take one of your sleeves (see red box) and line up the center (midpoint between the two sleeve squares) with the center of the shoulder motif (see green line). Use either markers or safety pins to attach securely, then stitch the sleeve to the body. Repeat the exact process by attaching your second sleeve to the other side of your sweater body.sweater sample2

(8) The photo below right is what the sweater will look like after both sleeves have been attached. The red line indicates where you will fold the sweater to match up where the blue lines are shown. The blue lines indicate where you will sew the body and sleeves together to complete the sweater.sweater sample3

(9) The photo below shows the sleeves and sides stitched together. The red lines show the areas that were sewn together. I left an opening on either side where the green lines are. I wanted it to fit tightly to the waist and then have a “tunic” effect at the bottom, with the slits on either side. To finish the edges, I single crocheted in unblocked sweateroatmeal around the entire bottom, including up and down each slit.

(10) I also finished both sleeve edges with one round of single crochet in oatmsleeve edging2eal.sleeve edging1


(11) I used the steam setting on my iron to gently press it. Here are some photos of the finished sweater. Not great pictures—hubby wasn’t around and it’s not easy taking full-length selfies!!!sweater_brown motifs2 copysweater_brown motifs1 copysweater_brown motifs3 copy





Last but not least—my colour inspiration: my best pal, Otis!

my color inspiration otis

The bottom line is that you can make a sweater out of pretty much any motif you like. It’s just a matter of making as many of them as you need to fit a basic layout in your size and then attaching them together. Squares are the easiest but you can also use hexagons and even circles. There are no boundaries to your imagination.

You’ll see this baby from miles away!

I was in the mood to crochet something mindlessly simple, but also play with a variety of colours. A “circle in a square” is about as easy as it gets and it’s also the perfect project for using up yarn bits and scraps.

The fun thing about crocheting squares is that they’re quick to finish, there are literally hundreds of square designs available to play with, and you can piece your squares together to make anything from baby clothes to sweaters to bags to slippers to throws and so on.

colored circlesI chose a bunch of bright colours and started out with some circles.square

Then I used a white border to turn them into six-inch squares.

Here’s the crochet square pattern for anybody who wants to give it a try:


Crochet hook: 8 mm
Yarn: colour A, colour B, and white.

With A, ch 4 and sl st closed to make a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc); 11 more dc into ring.

Round 2: Ch 3; dc into same stitch; 2 dc in each stitch around. (24 dc) Fasten off and join B.

Round 3: Ch 3; dc into same stitch; *2 dc in the next stitch; 1 dc in the next stitch; repeat from * around. (36 dc)

Round 4: Ch 3; dc into same stitch; *2 dc in next stitch; 1 dc in each of next 2 stitches; repeat from * around. (48 dc) Fasten off and attach white.

Round 5: Ch 7; 2 dc in next stitch; *1 dc in next stitch; 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches; 1 sc in each of the next 4 stitches; 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches; 1 dc in the next stitch; 2 dc in the next stitch. Ch 4; 2 dc in the next stitch; repeat from *around. To end, sl st into 3rd chain of ch-7. Fasten off.

And there you have it. Easy as pie.

The more I looked at the pink and orange squares, the more I began to imagine them pieced into an adorable sweater for a baby girl.

So I made more of them—eight squares in all. I stitched four squares together to make a back panel and then made two front panels comprised of two squares each.baby_sweater & hat set mod back

I attached each front panel to the back panel by stitching them together at the shoulders. Once that was done, I decided to just crochet the sleeves instead of making them from squares as well.

With the back and front panels spread open into a “rectangle” (on the right side), I started at the left side and used white to crochet a straight row of hdc that started from the midpoint of the shoulder-connecting back circle to the midpoint of the shoulder-connecting front circle. (Now that I’m writing this, I’m realizing that I should have taken tutorial-style photos. Sorry about that. I’ve got to get into the habit now that I’ve started blogging!)

As you can see in the photos, I crocheted two rows of white, then a row each of orange and pink, then another two rows of white, and repeated that until the sleeve looked to be the right length. Then I repeated the same on the other side to make the right sleeve.

Once the sleeves were finished, I matched up all the seams (on the wrong side) and stitched them together. To finish up, I added a row of single-crochet around all the edges, including the sleeve edges.baby_sweater & hat set mod1

I folded back each corner of the top front to make a collar and added matching orange and pink buttons. I also braided a little tie as a fastener for the middle front.

You can’t have a snazzy sweater without a hat, right? So I used the same colours to make a little “Hershey’s Kiss” hat to match. You can find the free pattern here, many thanks to Amanda Tipton and her Pardon My Chaos blog:

baby_sweater & hat set mod hat

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